By Matt Smith
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 1:14 pm in Boys volleyball.
The East Bay boys volleyball team was announced today, and the first team appeared in the newspaper.
Here are the first, second and third teams.
MVP: Dan Whitaker, California, middle hitter, Sr. — Whitaker was a force all over the court for the Grizzlies, showing off his hitting, blocking and serving skills. He had 345 kills, 67 blocks and 48 aces along with having a serve that he got in nearly every time.
COACH: Dan Kwon, Mission San Jose — Kwon, in his fifth season at Mission San Jose, took the Warriors to their first even North Coast Section playoffs. But the energetic coach did not stop there, guiding the Warriors all the way to the Division I title game. Mission San Jose announced its presence with a very good showing at the Pleasant Valley Tournament in Chico, beating Deer Valley, then a win over California at the Foothill Tournament proved to everyone that it was very much for real. The Warriors went undefeated through Mission Valley Athletic League play, and also won in the MVAL playoffs. They also won a school record 31 matches.
Nick Alexander, Foothill, outside hitter, Sr. — Alexander was a very well-rounded player on a team full of talent. He could hit, pass and set, finishing with 148 kills, 29 blocks, 29 aces and was the team’s second setter. Because of all the options, Alexander didn’t get as many opportunities, but could have put up huge numbers.
Sam Smith, Foothill, outside hitter, Sr. — Just like his teammate, Nick Alexander, Smith’s offensive numbers aren’t eye-popping because of all the different options Foothill had. He was one of the most feared hitters in the area and finished with 206 kills and 20 blocks.
Tommy Crow, San Ramon Valley, outside hitter, Jr. — On top of being a great hitter, Crow was the best libero in the EBAL despite splitting time at the two positions. The immensely talented junior finished with 141 kills, 175 digs, 329 serves received with just 26 errors and he added in 16 blocks.
Kevin Woods, Northgate, middle blocker, Sr. — Woods averaged over 10 kills per match on a well-rounded team, and also averaged five blocks per match. Northgate matches often lasted just three games. He could also serve the ball, leading the Broncos in aces.
Will Rei, San Ramon Valley, middle blocker, Sr. — Rei could really serve for a big middle, finishing with a 90.3 serving percentage. He also dominated his position with 226 kills and 33 blocks. Passing was a big part of his game as he had 86 digs and 183 serves received with just 40 errors.
John Adkins, California, setter, Sr. — Adkins was one of the top assist men in the East Bay, finishing with 839 helpers. He was first team All-EBAL, and could also do a number of other things, coming up with 66 digs and 44 blocks. He could also hit very well if he had to.
Drew Sachwitz, Northgate, libero, Sr. — Sachwitz’ value was made obvious when he was voted the MVP of the DVAL. He averaged nearly 20 digs for match for a Broncos team that rarely had to go more than three games. His pinpoint passing started the offense and he also had a tremendous jump serve.
Seewing Yee, Mission San Jose, outside hitter, Sr. — Yee got everything he could out of his small stature as the 5-7 hitter had 159 kills. He also had 137 digs and 30 aces.
Shahir Wahidi, Deer Valley, outside hitter, Sr. — Wahidi was the MVP of the BVAL as he finished the season with 366 kills and 222 digs/saves.
Dan Dunham, Northgate, outside hitter, Sr. — Dunham averaged over 10 kills per match, he was a menace on the back row attack and he had a fantastic jump serve.
Jason Agopian, Deer Valley, middle blocker, Soph. — Agopian, just a sophomore, came into his own down the stretch as the Wolverines nearly reached the NCS finals. He finished with 192 kills, 71 blocks and 174 digs.
William Klepac, Mission San Jose, middle blocker, Jr. — Klepac became very aggressive in the playoffs and it showed, finishing with double digit kills in the NCS finals and semifinals. For the season, he had 278 kills and 89 blocks.
Trevor Fast, Northgate, setter, Jr. — Fast ran the Northgate offense with precision and was named first team All-DVAL. He averaged over 20 assists per match and had 51 in an NCS semifinal win over Campolindo.
Justin Fung, Foothill, libero, Jr. — Fung had 343 digs, good for over 10 per match, and he was one of the team’s best servers with 258 service points and 28 aces.
Tyler Von Pein, Amador Valley, outside hitter, Sr. — Von Pein had 327 kills to go with 33 blocks and 32 aces. He was named second-team all EBAL.
Mike Genn, Amador Valley, outside hitter, Sr. — Genn was chosen to the second team all-EBAL as he finished the year with 231 kills, 42 aces and 22 blocks.
Kyle Willhite, College Park, outside hitter, Sr. — Willhite was a very talented all-around player. He had 232 kills and 179 assists. He also served at 95 percent, and had 75 aces, 76 digs and 45 blocks.
Pat Berrigan, Foothill, middle blocker, Jr. — Berrigan was a force at the net for the Falcons, finishing with 137 kills and 45 blocks.
Derek Schikora, Monte Vista, setter, Sr. — Schikora was a very smooth and soft-handed setter and the All-EBAL performer helped lift the Mustangs into the playoffs.
Daniel Yang, Mission San Jose, setter, Sr. — Yang’s best position was setter, finishing with 548 assists, but he could do it all as evidenced by his 205 kills, 124 digs and 49 blocks.
D.J. Diodatti, California, libero, Sr. — Diodatti was a force in the back row, finishing with 359 digs and he also had 51 aces.